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'Tough' summer excites Broad
Article posted: 15 May 2012

We’ve got world-class batsmen, fast bowlers and spinners, so it will be a brilliant summer of cricket

- Stuart Broad

Having won the TwelfthMan Cricketing Moment of the Year award for his hat-trick against India at Trent Bridge last summer, Stuart Broad aims to create more great memories during England's first Test against West Indies at Lord’s this week.

Broad, who received his award - voted for by fans on the Official England Cricket Facebook page - at a special dinner held in the Long Room at Lord’s on Monday evening, is expected to form part of the bowling attack for the first match, which gets under way on Thursday.

After recovering from the calf and ankle injuries that ruled him out of the second Test against Sri Lanka, the 25-year-old honed his match fitness in recent weeks, appearing for Nottinghamshire in the LV= County Championship against Lancashire and Middlesex.

"I’ve got my wrist in a good position and if I can just get back into that bowling rhythm I will be fine," Broad said.

"It will be a tough, exciting summer," he added. "As a young England fan I would have been going 'wicked' at the prospect of this summer. There will be fast bowling, hundreds, good spinners, everything.

"West Indies have two guys who can bowl 90mph, plus another bowler who is one of the fastest ever to 50 wickets, and a good leg-spinner.

"But then look at our team, and we’ve got world-class batsmen, fast bowlers and spinners, so it will be a brilliant summer of cricket.

"And we will have to play very well to win, which we need to do because we want to set the standards high. The boys are very aware of that."

Read the rest of the interview with Broad HERE.

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